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US Senate Superbug Medical Scope Investigation

U.S. Senate Superbug Medical Scope Investigation Shows Alarming Results

Contaminated medical scopes may have sickened more Americans than federal investigators had originally determined, according to the results of a U.S. Senate investigation released today. The Seattle Times reports the Senate investigation indicates that from 2012 to 2015, antibiotic-resistant illnesses linked to specialized duodenoscopes sickened at least 250 people – most at U.S. hospitals. That number is nearly double the statistic previously identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cases since 2010.

The report follows a seven-month inquiry headed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who demanded last summer that medical device manufacturers associated with reports of “superbug” infections relating to endoscopes and similar devices hand over internal documents – including Fujifilm, Hoya/Pentax, and Olympus.

Lieff Cabraser represents individuals injured and the families of loved ones who have died from antibiotic-resistant infections allegedly contracted in duodenoscope procedures. If you or a family member would like to speak to a Lieff Cabraser injury lawyer about your superbug injury case, please feel free to contact us by email, or call attorney Lexi Hazam toll-free at 1 800 541-7358.